Community Youth Donation Drives

Community Youth Donation Drive

Fundraising for Local Schools

A couple of years ago, Goodwill of Orange County extended its reach into the community by working with local schools to help raise funds for their programs. Goodwill donation drives quickly became the simple and fast way to raise money to support programs for athletics, music or theater programs, just to name a few — to ensure that students can take full advantage of  culturally and socially rich experiences.  At the same time students and their families help to support Goodwill’s mission helping people facing barriers to employment get and keep jobs, because the donated goods collected can be resold in Goodwill stores.

Schools from across Orange County have enjoyed the benefits of our youth drives and many schools schedule repeat events thanks to previous drives. Last year we held 40 Community Youth Drives that on average, netted more than $2,000 per school. Troy High School in Fullerton shot that average by raising more than $8,500. A couple examples of programs in need of special funding include a percussion band that wanted to raise travel money for a national competition and lots of sports groups have raised money for new helmets and other safety equipment. With careful planning and an energetic team of self-starters, organizations across the county are ensuring greater sustainability for their important programs, while learning the value of working in teams toward a common goal.

Once a project and date is set, we recommend at least six to eight weeks to build up donations by using garages and storage units to start the pre-collection process. We encourage collecting gently used clothing, household goods, electronics, sporting equipment and furniture.

The most successful drives use social media to remind students about the upcoming drive event. There are also a host of more traditional tools to help kick off the drive including, holding a school assembly, posting drive info on the LED marquis at the front of the school (when available) and including messages in newsletters, hanging posters, banners and any other printed materials that are allowed on campus. School web sites, intranets also serve as important reminders as the event day draws near.

On the event day, Goodwill delivers a donation trailer to pre-selected sites to ensure logistics are in place. A Goodwill attendant is on hand to load the trailer with donated goods for four hours. In turn, school or youth organizations receive $1,500 for each 28’ trailer full of regular donation items and $900 for trailers with bulk or furniture items. Participating organizations raise money and awareness of their programs and Goodwill can help change even more local lives.

If you’re interested in learning more about Community Youth Drives visit  or call Krystle at Goodwill 714.547-6308 ext. 559.

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